on Saturday 18 November, 2023

Airstrike west of Khan Younis in Gaza kills 15 Palestinians

Palestinians look at the destruction after Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip in Khan Younis, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. (AP)
by : Agencies

At least 15 people were killed on Saturday following an airstrike that hit a house west of Khan Younis, health officials from Gaza’s Nasser Hospital said.

Gaza health authorities raised their death toll on Friday to more than 12,000 with 5,000 of them children. The United Nations deems those figures credible, though they are now updated infrequently due to the difficulty of collecting information.

An official of the Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip said more than 80 people were killed on Saturday in double Israeli strikes on the Jabalia refugee camp.

“At least 50 people” were killed in an Israeli strike at dawn on the UN-run Al-Fakhura school in the camp, which had been converted into a shelter for displaced Palestinians, the official told AFP.

Social media videos - which AFP was not able to verify - showed bodies covered in blood and dust on the floor of a building, where mattresses had been wedged under school tables.

A separate strike on another building in the camp on Saturday killed 32 people from the same family, 19 of them children, the health ministry official said.